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FLOY, Marius W. "Dead Eye" 1925 - 2016


Posted By: Pat Ludeke (email)
Date: 1/1/2018 at 01:36:47

Marius Floy, also known as “Dead Eye” and “Beeler,” passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Thornton. Interment with Veteran’s Honors by American Legion Anton Juhl Post #440 at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

Marius Wellington Floy was born July 4, 1925, on the family farm near Thornton, a son of William and Essa (Myers) Floy. He attended Thornton schools.

Marius farmed with his father and brother until entering the U.S. Army in 1946. He returned from the war and continued to farm with his brother.

On June 25, 1950, Marius was united in marriage with Mavis Johnson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They lived in the Thornton area and continued to farm with his family, later farming with his brother, Norman. He was very particular with farming and made sure his rows were straight as could be.

“Dead Eye” was strongly involved with soil conservation and was instrumental in preserving many acres of highly erodible land in the Thornton area. He was a member of the American Legion and a regular at the Chit Chat Café coffee club, where he was known for his storytelling. He played instruments by ear; he couldn’t read music but enjoyed playing. He also enjoyed the fellowship of being in a Pool League at Swaledale for several years.

Every year “Beeler” would take his family to the cabin at Leech Lake they had for 17 years, He enjoyed fishing and hunting and would spend most of his free time in these activities. He also was skilled in carving and would carve a matched pair of ducks for each of his grandchildren to be presented at their marriages. Several of his ducks were on display at the Chit Chat as well.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of nearly 66 years: Mavis; daughters: Terry Ann (Jim) Dorenkamp; Marcia Kim (Dwight) Olson; Stacey Jo (Kyle) Ritter; son-in-law: Brian Buehler; seven grandchildren: Michael (Dani) Dorenkamp; Carrie (Jason) Andersen; Jamie (Keri) Dorenkamp; Heather (Keith) Eilering; Nicholas (Tiffany) Olson; Tessa Ritter and Grace Ritter; 10 great-grandchildren: Maximus and Haven Dorenkamp; Garret and Anthony James Andersen; Mason Dorenkamp; Katie, Justin and Kevin Hassebroek; Aubrey and Ethan Olson; nieces, nephews, many friends and his faithful German Shorthair Sassy.

“Dead Eye” is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Diane Lynn Buehler and his brother Norman.


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